Nick Chubb draft stock: Mel Kiper advises UGA RB to return to school

What does the future hold for Georgia running back Nick Chubb? Well, if he listens to the advice from NFL Draft insider Mel Kiper Jr., he should strongly consider returning to the Bulldogs for another year.

Chubb returned from a devastating knee injury this season and started off the year hot, but the Georgia offense sputtered.

As a result, Kiper believes that Chubb, along with fellow UGA running back Sony Michel, have yet to maximize their draft stock and they should return to college.

“I don’t think Chubb or Michel has maximized his grade yet, and another year might allow that to happen,” Kiper said, via the Times Free Press. “This year did not allow it to happen, so if you’re happy being a third-, fourth- or fifth-round pick, you come out. If you want to try and help your stock, you go back for another year.

“Chubb was great early but fell back a bit and wasn’t as big-time and dynamic as you thought he would be. There were a lot of great running backs playing week in and week out, and I think that kind of pushed him down a little bit. He is not in the top 10 of the running back group, and my attitude with him is, ‘Are you going to be OK if you drop a little bit?’

“A lot of kids are like, ‘I know I can play, and I don’t care where I go,’ while others want to go somewhere or else they won’t be happy.”

In a year where players like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, D’Onta Foreman, Alvin Kamara and others are expected to declare, it would likely benefit Chubb to return to school to re-establish himself as one of the nation’s top backs.

Chubb finished the 2016 — which was also limited by injuries — with 988 yards and seven touchdowns.

If Chubb returns to Athens, it will be music to the ears of Bulldog fans as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season.

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